I’ve received all of the miniatures for the Colonial Adventures project. There’s 133 figures in all. Only 14 have been completed. I have 8 days to paint as many as I can.
The Foundry sculpts are so beautiful. It is sad that Foundry is pulling some of figures in the Darkest Africa range from their catalog. I guess when the market is mainly interested in Zulus, you carry the figures that sell.
As most everyone knows, the bulk of Foundry’s Darkest Africa range was sculpted by Mark Copplestone. There are 16 different poses of women warriors. Very beautiful, very animated. You can’t help but to see in your mind the wedding dance scene from the start of the movie “Zulu” when looking at these figures.
The Foundry figures had very very little flash or mold lines to clean. The Obelisk figures had some flash & the spear hands had to be drilled out. Which brings me to the only disappointment I have with the Obelisk figures. The spears are like telephone poles. If I had more time, I would replace them with the same Foundry Masai spears I chose for the Foundry figures. I chose the Masai spears because the female warrior figures are found in the Masai section of the catalog. Though Foundry recommended a generic African spear, I think the Masai spear looks much better.
In addition to drilling out the hands on the Obelisk figures, I had to make the hands on both the Obelisk & Foundry figures more open to hold the spears. I find this to be common with almost all historical figures. The hand is sculpted to hold a properly proportioned spear or weapon & the separate cast weapon is always much larger in diameter.
The Obelisk miniatures came with round slotta bases. I mounted them on 1″ square slotted Litko bases. The Foundry figures were mounted on plain 1″ square Litko bases. The bases are 3mm thick.
I then use “Handi-tack”, a form of blue tack, to stick the figure onto a bottle cap that I hold while doing the actual painting. The next step is to prime them first thing in the morning with a coat of Liquitex Gray Gesso.
What better way to get in the mood for painting African warriors than watching the wedding dance clip? The clip is in the YouTube Link menu. Painting these figures is going to be a real joy.